[urq] Audi A4 bumpers are well rated

LL - NY larrycleung at gmail.com
Fri Aug 17 21:01:15 EDT 2007

FWIW, be aware ALL of the crash test data is based upon
barrier crashes, so the net effect is that the tests are based
upon cars crashing into cars of equal masses. Difficult to
discern design based probable outcomes of car vs. other
type/size car crashes.

On 8/17/07, Tony Hoffman <auditony at gmail.com> wrote:
> Louis-Alain,
> That data, while very good, only shows frequency of accident reports
> against it, though. Not necessarily how badly someone was injured. I
> would guess the SRT-4's have a few more accidents due to the drivers
> they attract, as well as their ability to get into very high speed
> situations very quickly. Buicks, or the Avalon right below, however,
> tend to be driven by more conservative drivers. That's one thing to
> take into account in this data, is who drives the given cars. Small
> cars *tend* to be driven by younger drivers, while larger cars tend to
> be driven by older drivers. It's not always the case, though.
> This isn't to say that I think an SRT-4 is a safe
> car.................I've driven one, and I WON"T make that claim!
> If you watch the crash tests on consumer reports for the current cars,
> you can see that there are a few larger cars that aten't nearly as
> safe as some smaller ones. But, as stated, a large car (or truck) -vs-
> a small one, the larger vehicle has the mass acceleration advantage.
> This just comes down to personal choice. I have a 6200 lb 1-ton van,
> and a 1900 lb Diesel Jetta. On a daily basis, I chose the Jetta, and
> take my chances ;-)
> Oh, and I have an Audi or two :)
> Tony Hoffman
> On 8/17/07, Louis-Alain Richard <larichard at plguide.com> wrote:
> > You are partially right, LL...
> >
> > Size, like mass and design, is also an advantage if you have
> > a crash. Bigger means more crumple zones, more time to
> > decelerate, and more space between you and the front of the
> > car.
> >
> > Look here folks, to scare you to death from the
> > smaller/cheaper cars...
> > http://www.iihs.org/brochures/ictl/ictl.html and choose the
> > 4-door category.
> >
> > Want an SRT-4, anyone ? I'd rather ride a Buick, for safety
> > sake...
> >
> >
> > Louis-Alain

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